New Monsoon - Wakarusa Music Festival

2009 Artist Lineup

New Monsoon

New Monsoon represents the best of the San Francisco jam scene. Formed during the El Nino rains of Northern California in the late 90’s, this band has distilled their original sound with top-flight musicianship, tireless live performing and a thoroughly open-minded musical perspective. NM’s unique style blends free-flying rock with acoustic stylings, tight vocal harmonies and lyrical songcraft. With a fearless pioneering spirit, they’ve become one of the most cutting edge bands on the scene today. “New Monsoon was formed around Bo Carper’s acoustic finger-style picking and the sharp, driving leads of electric guitarist Jeff Miller. The interplay of warm acoustic tones and charged electric bite-born from a shared love of Led Zeppelin III-has remained at the heart of it’s sound through various line-up changes, now a streamlined quintet with Phil Ferlino (keyboards), Marshall Harrell (Bass) and Sean Hutchinson (drums). New Monsoon is built on the pillars of the 60’s SF scene-a healthy dose of improvisation, a psychedelic character and a broad stylistic reach-without expressly emulating anyone” – Dennis Cook, Relix Magazine “They have a collective power that comes off as a real unified force on stage..It’s not just a band, you know? It’s something transcendental” -Michael Shrieve New Monsoon has shared the stage with heavyweight guests Mike Stern, the late, great Martin Fierro (Zero, Legion of Mary), Steve Kimock, and Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), to name a few.They’ve toured with String Cheese Incident, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Umphrey’s McGee (Big Summer Classic Tour), supported Moe, The Wailers, etc and are a featured headliner in venues such as the Fillmore (SF), Gothic Theater (Denver), and the Warehouse (Houston). They are also a perennial favorite of the festival circuit including marquee festivals like Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Langerado, High Sierra, Telluride Bluegrass, Austin City Limits and many others. The band’s quality associations continue with their recorded output. 2007’s “V” was produced by longtime Grateful Dead sound engineer John Cutler, and 2005’s “The Sound” was helmed by original Santana percussionist Michael Shrieve and Paul Kimble (Grant Lee Buffalo, Luna)

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